If you’re looking for gifts for veterans and military personnel, we’ve got 5 solid ideas for you to consider.
Admiral’s Warbird Adventure
There’s not too many places in the world that show love and appreciation for veterans and military personnel than Pearl Harbor in O‘ahu, Hawaii.
In O‘ahu, Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers an Admiral’s Warbird Adventure that is the perfect way to relive World War II history. The experience begins as a member of the Aviation Detachment – on December 10th, 1941 three days after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. History comes alive once they receive their simulated Classified Intelligence Brief, similar to what you may have experienced in 1941, to assist them in their Route-Reconnaissance and Battle Damage Assessment mission. Then they’ll execute a Battle Damage Reconnaissance flight aboard the venerable U.S. Navy (AT-6) that many WWII Aviation Cadets experienced early in their training. They’ll see Pearl Harbor and O‘ahu from the air as the Army and Navy airmen saw it and fly the same routes the Japanese attackers used. The sights, sounds and smells of the military aircraft with its radial engine provide the experience of a lifetime.
There are two tours that Pearl Harbor Warbirds offers. The Admiral’s Warbird Adventure is our most popular tour, but you may also enjoy a flight in our vintage warbird airplane with our Ensign’s Warbird Experience.
Bullet Bottle Opener
Sold by the company, Bullets2Bandages, these bullet bottle openers are 100% made in the USA from once-fired, military grade .50 caliber casings. Bullets2Bandages buy these bullet casings from military training ranges at government auctions and then press the projectiles, cut the bottle opening, and polish them up before engraving them. You can buy them as is or have them customized for the service member!
AAF Nation produces patriotic apparel with overt sayings that speak to the authentic nature of American pride. Many of the sayings resonate well with veterans and military personnel, with entire collections of marine shirts and patriot shirts. Although some of the sayings we can’t repeat on this blog, let’s just say that AAF might just be a veteran’s new favorite apparel company.
Sean Ricks is an active duty Navy service member. Sean and his wife started a coffee roasting business a year and a half ago that gives 10% of their profits to the Wounded Warrior Project and Streetlight, a homeless outreach. You can order our delicious coffee from their website, http://www.ricksroasters.com
Coffee makes the perfect gift for veterans and military personnel!
Pearl diving in Tahiti
Two sisters — both Army brats, one an active-duty military intelligence officer — make backpacks, handbags, totes and accessories from tent canvas, parachutes and other surplus materials. “By recycling and repurposing military gear with a fashionable touch, and working with veterans, we create sturdy and sophisticated products, whose sale will empower veteran employment, reduce waste and strengthen civil-military understanding,” say Emily and Betsy Nunez. “In this way, our bags are rugged, refined and relevant.”
Sword & Plough offers backpacks, handbags, totes and other accessories made from tent canvas, parachutes and other surplus materials at www.swordandplough.com
What other gifts for veterans and military personnel do you have? We hope you take one of these five ideas and give an unforgettable gift.